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Garden of Peace

Artist:

Judy Kensley McKie and Catherine Melina

Location:

Cambridge St. and Somerset St.  

Location

Cambridge St. and Somerset St.
United States
42° 21' 36.0288" N, 71° 3' 42.264" W

Neighborhood:

Beacon Hill

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2004

Medium:

stone and granite

Collection:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Funders:

Garden of Peace Memorial Committee

Description:

Built to honor victims of homicide, the Garden of Peace offers a meditative place for reflection. It consists of a dry riverbed filled with small stones, each inscribed with the name of an individual lost to violence. To experience the memorial, walk along the riverbed, which mirrors the process of grieving. At one end, a black granite stone called "Tragic Density" symbolizes the weight of loss. At the other end, a statue of birds in flight, known as "Ibis Ascending," represents the power of hope. Boston landscape architect Catherine Milena designed the Garden while local artist Judy Kensley McKee, who tragically lost her own son to street violence, created the bird sculpture.

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